Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. Founded in 1973, it has been honored with a retrospective screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and with a special award from Medikinale International in Parma, Italy.

We define "environment" broadly and our collection includes programs on ecology, energy, agriculture, indigenous peoples, women's issues, sustainability, community regeneration, economics, social justice, conflict resolution, architecture, and the arts. In recent years, we have released many films about globalization, gender, climate change, and human rights. There are films suitable for all ages in the Bullfrog collection, produced by outstanding, prize-winning filmmakers.

To help people create community advocacy events—using the power of film to raise awareness and funds for their efforts—we created Bullfrog Communities to enhance the public performance of films providing discussion guides and publicity materials with the films.

In partnership with Icarus Films we established Docuseek, an educational streaming service, providing exclusive access to essential independent, social-issue and environmental films to academic institutions.

The company principals are partners Winifred Scherrer and John Hoskyns-Abrahall, and their son Alex Hoskyns-Abrahall. The dedicated Bullfrog team knows the films, the issues, and is eager to help people find the films they need.

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  • Oyster

    Directed by Kim Beamish • Documentary • 2019 • 80 minutes

    OYSTER captures the daily routines, chaos and drama in the lives of Dom and Pip Boyton, a lively and hard-working second generation oyster farming family on Merimbula Lake on the southeast coast of New South Wales, Australia.

    The film wa...

  • Farmsteaders

    Directed by Shaena Mallett • Documentary • 2020 • 52 minutes

    FARMSTEADERS is a love story, a farm story, and a story of contemporary rural America. Nick Nolan, his wife Celeste, and their young family are on a journey to resurrect his grandfather's dairy farm - fighting to keep this homeland fro...

  • From Seed to Seed

    Directed by Katharina Stieffenhofer • Documentary • 2019 • 87 minutes

    When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion—ecological, small-scale farming—their story of community and resilience took center stage. FROM SEED TO SEED follows their young family and a diverse group of ...

  • Elder Voices

    Directed by David Goodman • Documentary • 2020 • 49 minutes

    ELDER VOICES is a meditation about the destructiveness of hatred and the power of love, as told by Japanese-Americans, European Jews and conscientious objectors (COs) who came of age during the perilous times of the Great Depression and...

  • Once Was Water

    Directed by Christopher Beaver • Documentary • 2019 • 55 minutes

    Las Vegas, in the middle of the Mojave Desert, is the driest city in America, yet it leads the United States in sustainable water conservation. The efforts of Las Vegas, in its search for sustainability, have produced promising sol...

  • Celling Your Soul

    Directed by Joni Siani • Documentary • 2017 • 48 minutes

    In one short decade, we have totally changed the way we interact with one another. The millennial generation, the first to be socialized in a digital world, is now feeling the unintended consequences.

    CELLING YOUR SOUL is a powerful and i...

  • My Country No More

    Directed by Rita Baghdadi, Jeremiah Hammerling • Documentary • 2019 • 70 minutes

    Between 2011 and 2016, drilling for oil in America reached an unprecedented peak, setting off a modern day gold rush in one of the most rural communities in the country: Trenton, North Dakota. Kalie Rider and her ol...

  • Catching Sight of Thelma and Louise

    Directed by Jennifer Townsend • Documentary • 2019 • 86 minutes

    Powerful, authentic, and timely, CATCHING SIGHT OF THELMA and LOUISE dives off the edge into the truth of women's experience in the world. It revisits the journey of Thelma and Louise through the lens of viewers who saw that iconic ...

  • A Silent Transformation

    Documentary • 2019 • 70 minutes

    The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective well-being in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination.

    As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the populatio...

  • The Providers

    Directed by Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green • Documentary • 2019 • 82 minutes

    Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, THE PROVIDERS follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that ...

  • Who's Next?

    Directed by Nancy Cooperstein Charney • Documentary • 2019 • 88 minutes

    WHO'S NEXT? examines how the lives of Muslim-Americans have been affected in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. It focuses on six Muslim families — citizens and long-time legal residents — from diverse co...

  • A Bold Peace

    Directed by Matthew Eddy, Michael Dreiling • Documentary • 2017 • 89 minutes

    In his famous 'Cross of Iron' speech in 1953, President Eisenhower critiqued the military-industrial complex while asking, 'Is there no other way the world may live?' In Costa Rica today, we glimpse another way to live....

  • A Concerned Citizen

    Directed by Bo Boudart • Documentary • 2019 • 41 minutes

    A CONCERNED CITIZEN documents the work of Dr. Riki Ott, a citizen activist who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened and came to the aid of her Alaskan community in their battle to get fair compensation for their lo...

  • A Quest for Meaning

    Directed by Nathanael Coste, Marc de la Menardiere • Documentary • 2018 • 87 minutes

    A QUEST FOR MEANING tells the story of Marc and Nathanael, two childhood friends who take an impromptu road trip attempting to uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about...

  • A Snowmobile For George

    Directed by Todd Darling • Documentary • 2008 • 94 minutes

    A Snowmobile for George is a rambunctious road trip that collects the stories of fishermen, cowboys and firemen who have had to face the consequences of environmental deregulation by the Bush Administration. Started by a question about t...

  • Affluenza

    Directed by John de Graaf and Vivia Boe • Documentary • 1997 • 56 minutes

    AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease—caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism—that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment....

  • After the Spill

    Directed by Jon Bowermaster • Documentary • 2016 • 62 minutes

    In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the coast of Louisiana. Five years later the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spilled more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the worst ecologic disaster in North American hist...

  • After Tiller

    Directed by Martha Shane & Lana Wilson • Documentary • 2014 • 88 minutes

    Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. AFTER TILLER paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these phys...

  • An Ecology of Mind

    Directed by Nora Bateson • Documentary • 2011 • 60 minutes

    AN ECOLOGY OF MIND is a portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, and systems theorist. His story is lovingly told by his youngest daughter, Nora, with footage from Gregory's own films shot ...

  • Another World is Possible

    Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young • Documentary • 2002 • 24 minutes

    What if 51,000 people from 131 countries put their heads together to discuss what is wrong with the world and how to work together to change it? In early 2002, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, public officials, representatives ...

  • Anthropocene

    Directed by Steve Bradshaw • Documentary • 2016 • 97 minutes

    A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch—the Anthropocene—a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tra...

  • Argentina: Hope in Hard Times

    Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young • Documentary • 2005 • 74 minutes

    "Que se vayan todos!" Chants echo off the skyscrapers, burst through the plazas, and clamor down the streets of Buenos Aires. "Throw them all out!" shout legions of frustrated Argentine housewives, students and lawyers,...

  • Argentina: Turning Around

    Directed by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young • Documentary • 2008 • 37 minutes

    In the 90s Argentina embraced globalization, but instead of making everyone rich the economy collapsed. The eyes of the world were on Argentina as a desperate people turned to each other for mutual support in a remarkab...

  • Backfired

    Directed by Dale Bell • Documentary • 2018 • 61 minutes

    BACKFIRED: When VW Lied to America tells the inside story of the VW scandal as it unravels beginning at West Virginia University in 2013 where a group of unsuspecting students accidentally discover the defeat device while doing rare on-road...